Hey guys, what a crazy week it’s been around here!
I wanted to do another instalment of beauty misconceptions since it’s been a while and heaven knows there’s some bad info being touted as fact or a liiiiittle off the mark.
Let’s dive in!
Steam on Face Sets Make-Up
I thought I’d start off with the most absolutely ridiculous claim I’ve ever heard. After seeing a blog advise its readers that steaming your face after applying makeup sets it, I was pretty sure my brains leaked out of my nose for a solid two minutes. Have you seen that gif of Jon Stewart looking astounded and confused?
This is the closest I can get to illustrating to you what my face was like.
If you don’t understand why I’m so flabbergasted by this claim, it’s because everyone knows that warm water/steam opens pores and cold water/steam closes them. We want to open pores to make it easier to clean them out and treat the skin and let ingredients sink in, then close/narrow them so they don’t become inflamed or clogged. Simple, right? The idea that doing your makeup then wanting to open these pores helps clog pores and inflame skin. You want to ‘purge’ your skin by steaming then just do the complete opposite thing to help your skin along? Give me a break.
There’s also the issue of, you know, sweat.
Look, steaming is great. If done correctly it’s relaxing and a gentle way of cleaning decongested skin.
Unfortunately I can’t find the blog anymore, but if you come across any blog that says this is a great beauty trick, close the tab immediately.
Guys Don’t Need Scrubs/Masks/Serums/Insert Your Own
We live in a world right now where condescending “For Her” or “For Him” products are still being produced and the skincare industry is no different. Pure and feminine, maybe white packaging for women and ball-slapping masculine and black packaging for men. You can probably picture it now, can’t you?
Well, the answer is pretty simple and you might already know it. For the most part, men (and others, which I will get to shortly) only maybe need one product a little different from women, and it is scrubs.
Thanks to testosterone, a man’s face produces the darker, stronger hair that makes their lovely face fur, and depending on their individual testosterone levels, can make their skin a little rougher. Mainly, though, it’s facial hair, the length of that facial hair and how sensitive the skin after shaving that makes men-targeted scrubs seem more effective, thanks to a bigger, courser granules to buff away dead skin.
While this is more of a male issue, it’s not exclusively a male issue. Anyone in transition, women with high levels of testosterone or with PCOS might also have similar issues and find men’s scrubs better for them.
So no, men and women do not need different masks, serums, cleansers, moisturisers, the only thing that might be different is the size of scrub particles.
Face Oil on Oily Skin Makes It Better
Now that everyone has finally realised coconut oil might be the all-over wonder oil for everyone, we can now dial it back a bit and get off the hype train. You might have seen numerous articles, blogs and YouTube videos suggesting skin-safe oils are great for oily or combination skin. Well, they’re right!
There are some great oils that make it easy to dissolve and remove oil, dirt and other stuff off the face. The same oils can be amazing to hydrate skin without leaving an oily residue, while others can even do a better job!
I remember 10 years ago when I used my first ever oil cleanser. It was Origins Clean Energy. It honestly changed my perspective on skincare oils – which weren’t really popular back then anyway, but telling people about putting oil on their face was met with very hesitant looks. It was gentle and made cleansing my made up (and sometimes sweaty) face so clean, so fast, and soft! It’s still one of my favourite cleansers.
On the other hand, there are some oils that should not be anywhere near oily skin types. The main one being straight-from-the-jar coconut oil.
Coconut oil is great. Oils in general are great, but like everything, they’re great for some uses, not so great for others. Coconut oil can be great for lips, hands and the body, but it can be too heavy in the hair and on the face, especially if you have oily hair and skin. This is if you’re just using coconut oil in a concentrated amount and not mixed with numerous other ingredients like in serums and lotion.
Some great oils to look out for if you have oily or combination skin are tea tree (great for acne), grapeseed, maracuja (especially combo skin), jojoba, safflower and aloe vera essential oil.
Kim Kardashian’s Makeup Artist, Mario Dedivanovic, Invented Baking
Even if you don’t know Mario Dedivanovic’s name, you know his clients (especially one) and have either seen these pics-
or the terms “baking”/”cooking” and contouring. As I’m positive I’ve talked about contouring before, for this misconception, we’ll be talking more about baking.
While Kim Kardashian and/or Mario might be the first people you think of when you hear either makeup baking or contouring, he didn’t invent either technique nor was the first to do it.
There’s no one person that is known to have invented the baking technique, however theatre performers – especially actors under hot spotlights for numerous hours a day – would commonly set their makeup with white powder and either keep it heavy and do touch ups between scenes or heavily apply it, let the oils and nervous sweat soak up before dusting it away.
Probably the most common performers that have used this technique and are known for it are drag queens. Like any stage performer, drag queens have used baking as a way to mattify their foundation, while at the same time making it long lasting, flawless and dramatic.
You Can’t Lighten Darker Foundation Or Darken Lighter Foundation
It’s frustrating; you go buy a foundation, maybe one you’ve bought before, you get home and it’s either lighter or darker than your skin tone. Returning or exchanging it can be time-consuming and nerve-wracking. Maybe it was only a few bucks and it’s not worth taking it back, but you want to try ‘saving’ it.
You think of the different things you can do. You can mix your foundations to make a more personal shade or you can leave it as a designated highlight or contour shade.
Maybe you already have it applied and don’t have the time to start over, but you can’t lighten/darken it either.
You can actually save it, given that it’s not too light or dark, and still your tone. If colour is different, continue your routine as you usually do it. After everything is finished, foundation usually looks much nicer (and has probably oxidated, making it a shade or two darker). Blush, bronze and contour help darken and warm a too-light foundation while highlighting and strobing help with too dark a colour. Make sure to take extra care blending out the jaw and neck area so it’s seamless.
Now we have drops to help lighten or darken shades.. but the jury is still out on their actual effectiveness.
So the only thing that makes it difficult to correct foundation colour is the tone itself. Trying to correct too yellow or pink will just have you adding layers and making it look patchy and heavy.